We are looking for generous individuals who believe change is possible not just in their community, but in any community experiencing homelessness. Volunteers with Lowcountry Herald are a vital component of our vision to empower homeless individuals to achieve long-term improvements in their health and quality of life.
Every Saturday, the Lowcountry Herald volunteers hold a lunch in North Charleston. Our goal is to provide homeless individuals in this area with basic needs such as food, clothes, hygiene kits and medical checkups. Many of these community members do not have access to consistent care or regular meals, our team helps close this gap by offering a supportive environment and basic resources. We also use these Saturday lunches as a opportunities to promote the newspaper to prospective vendors. By building relationships with the homeless individuals that continuously attend our lunch, we establish confidence and mutual trust and encourage them to take advantage of our self sustaining street paper.
What you can do
1. Volunteer your time:
Our team is made up of a variety of community members, college students and families who have dedicated their time to help fight homelessness. If you are looking for a way to give back to those in need and would like to see a change right here in your own community of the Charleston Lowcountry, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need individuals who are passionate about helping our neighbors experiencing homelessness to work their way out of poverty using a self help model of distributing our magazine. You can volunteer in the following areas:
Take magazines to distributors
Film videos of our distributors
Recruit businesses to work with our distributors
Sell advertising in our magazine
We also need volunteers to help with our free shower ministry.
2. Donate items for hygiene kits:
Homeless people often go without the basic necessities most Americans take for granted. In the struggle to find food and a safe place to sleep, they find it difficult to acquire basic items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothbrushes. Rarely do the homeless have access to the hygiene essentials needed to maintain good health and personal confidence. That is where we come in. Supplies is always in demand. We serve around 40 people every saturday passing out hygiene kits and food.
If you would like to support this effort, below are the items needed to make up a hygiene kits:
Place the following or similar items in a Ziploc bag
washcloth, hand towel or disposable wipes
feminine hygiene products
3. Donate food
Everyone needs to eat and they need to eat every single day. The homelessness are one of the major groups suffering from food insecurity. Food insecurity Our saturday lunches provide homeless community members with a weekly meal donated by our volunteers.
Some food items we need include:
Protein Bars or Granola Bars
Peanut Butter or Cheese Crackers
Soft fruits: bananas, oranges, etc (many individuals have dental problems that make eating apples or carrots difficult)
Utensils, Styrofoam trays, napkins
4. Go Fund Me